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The Sound and the Fury

Omane jis atkuria asmenybės sąmonės bei pasąmonės turinį atskleidžia instinktų poveikį žmogaus psichikai realizuoja savitą laiko sampratą Gyvenimo tragizmo suvokimas skatina romano herojų dvasinę raid William Faulkner s unforgettable 1929 novel of the rotting family in the rotting house It s a somber tale of the tragically dysfunctional Compson family told with insight and remarkable talent though it s definitely not readily accessible Mostly set in the year 1928 and in the US south in the days of segregation and prejudice the N word makes a freuent appearance The Sound and the Fury has four sections plus an appendix Three of the sections are narrated by the three Compson brothers Benjy uentin and JasonI think the usual no spoilers rules doesn t work well with this book it s so difficult to put the pieces together than I think most readers like me need all the help they can get So I m going to lay the plot all out here If you re a hardcore non spoiler person skip the next several paragraphs of this review until you get down to the Macbeth uoteBenjy the 33 year old brother who was born severely mentally handicapped narrates the first section though in actuality he can t speak He moans and wails and roars Benjy has no sense of time all is present to Benjy So his section very freuently skips from the present to flashbacks of different times in his life giving us glimpses of the people in the Compson home and their troubles Often the shift in time is marked by italics but it s still pretty confusing I recommend using a detailed resource that helps you track what year it is in the narrative like this Cliffnotes page Benjy is castrated by his cold hearted brother Jason when he s a teenager and got loose one day and chased some schoolgirls though he was probably just trying to tell them how much he missed his beloved sister Caddy Candace All of the brothers lose their balls in one way or another in this story Benjy literally and the others metaphorically To make matters confusing Benjy is named Maury after his shiftless flashy uncle until he s 5 years old There are also two uentins Benjy s older brother who commits suicide in 1910 and Caddy s illegitimate daughter born a few months later who lives with the family Benjy s ramblings set the stage for the rest of the novelThe second section narrated by uentin the brother shifts back to June 1910 the last day of his life uentin has just completed his first year at Harvard University but is so distraught by his sister Caddy s promiscuity and marriage that he is planning to commit suicide at the end of the day Everything that happens in this section is colored by that intention uentin also has a number of mental flashbacks in his section which are easier to follow than Benjy s but uentin s depressed neurotic mind made his narrative difficult to follow and unpleasant for me to read until the last ten pages or so which were weirdly fascinating as you become and aware of how unhealthy uentin s obsession with his sister and purity and honor isFor the third section we leap forward to April 1928 a day in the life of Jason the most venal and unpleasant of the brothers Jason is now effectively the head of the family He mistreats his 17 year old niece uentin who is rebellious and shamelessly promiscuous Jason has been stealing the money that uentin s mother Caddy sends to Jason for uentin gambling it away on cotton futures Jason is all about control and he justifies his thefts because back in 1910 Caddy s husband was going to give him a job in banking which fell through when the husband divorced Caddy because she was pregnant with another man s child But uentin ultimately proves not as easy to manipulate as Caddy It s ugly being inside of Jason s mind So it s a relief to come to the last section told by an omniscient narrator mostly from the point of view of an old family servant Dilsey Dilsey tries to keep the family together and protect the others from Jason s rages and abuse with mixed success The conflict between Miss uentin and Jason comes to a head as uentin finally gets some of hers back and Jason ineffectually chases her At the beginning of this section it reads The day dawned bleak and chill A moving wall of grey light out of the northeast which instead of dissolving into moisture seemed to disintegrate into minute and venomous particles It s an apt metaphor for the Compson family s disintegrationThe title of this book comes from a Macbeth uoteTo morrow and to morrow and to morrowCreeps in this petty pace from day to dayTo the last syllable of recorded timeAnd all our yesterdays have lighted foolsThe way to dusty death Out out brief candleLife s but a walking shadow a poor playerThat struts and frets his hour upon the stageAnd then is heard no it is a taleTold by an idiot full of sound and furySignifying nothingBenjy s literally meaningless sound and fury is the most obvious reference here but in a broader sense it s about the Compson family generally though their distressing tale actually has deep significance to us as readers Faulkner made me work so hard to put the puzzle pieces together with stream of consciousness and non linear storytelling that when I was able to understand the elusive parts of the story it felt like a major achievement for me as well as him The most helpful online source I found while reading this book is this detailed essay It follows the plot of the book and helps clarify what s happening and comments on some of the symbolism I found it incredibly helpfulThis was a rereadbuddy read with Jen Our discussion is in the thread to this review There are some interesting comments but beware of spoilers that may or may not be taggedInitial comments I haven t read this since I was a college English major I vaguely remember writing a senior essay on it and getting an A on my grade so I m sure that partly explains the affection I still have for this novel even though I remember absolutely nothing about the plot except that there are four I think maybe different narrators and one is mentally challengedBut I ve been on a Faulkner roll lately starting with a couple of his short stories A Rose for Emily and Barn Burning and I checked this book out from the library yesterday

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ą tačiau ne visi personažai pajėgūs ištverti vidinio pasaulio ir aplinkos nesantarvę Kūrinio pobūdis yra paveikęs pasakojimą ir sintaksę šiuos ypatumus atspindi pirmas romano vertimas į lietuvių kalb Schall und Wahnis not easy reading The plot is shattered by flashbacks cuts and inner monologues In each part the narrative perspective changes In spite of this experimental and innovative narrative the author succeeds again and again in capturing the reader with the tragic force of history and language and to keep the tension alive Faulkner portrays his protagonists realistically without spoiling their character weaknessesResume A dense language a great atmosphere A uniue novel This world wide work of art at the height of Faulkner s creativity leads to a linguistic treasure It must be read absolutely

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„Triukšmas ir įniršis“ 1922 laikomas vienu iš geriausių ir įdomiausių rašytojo romanų Iš savo kūrinių šią knygą Folkneris labiausiai brangino Analizuodamas sudėtingą žmogaus prigimtį šiame r The first time I attempted this book I made my way through a mere three pages before deciding it would be a waste To date it is the only book that I had the good sense to leave until later as my usual response is to barrel through the pages come hell or high water Perhaps it was a good thing that I had just finished slogging my way through a monstrous tome that left my brain incapable of facing down the beginning of Benjy s prose I don t remember the title of whatever book left me in that state but I do remember staring at the beginning pages of this one my mind wandering in frozen disbelief over the contorted fragments that supposedly made up a story So I left it until later four years later if I remember correctly and I m glad that I didThe writing in this book is notoriously difficult Insert reference to uote from Macbeth something something signifying nothing and all that jazz You ve heard it before and I won t waste anyone s time reiterating it However now that I ve finally reached the end I can t say that I would change any part of it Had the entire book been written in the style of the last section largely cohesive with rare flares of descriptive prose and sudden jumps in point of view and timeline it would not have been nearly as powerful The story IS sound the story IS fury and you can t convey that without dipping the prose in that septic pool of chaotic madness If I hadn t battled my way through Benjy if I hadn t pulled myself inch by inch through uentin I wouldn t have understood the horror of Jason or the final tragedy of the conclusion To be frank I wouldn t have caredBut I did care I did care because the haphazard mess of the beginning readied my mind for a reading that instead of demanding a tenacious follower asked for a bucket to fill with errant drops A drop of plot line here a drop of context there many drops that filled in the blanks of the neurotic frenzy that is the Compson family Nature versus nurture Nature planted a singular seed of madness in the blood and nurture drove each along different paths You ll be gathering bits and pieces of this tangential story wondering what it s all for and then a single phrase will narrow the story to a focal point of singular rage and despair When that happens you ll understand what all that seemingly headless running about was for All the disconnected hints and teases will culminate in an awful truth and it isn t a feeling that any sort of linear timeline can conveyFor if you read an edition that contains the foreword appendix written by the author you ll be given that linear timeline right at the beginning You ll know the hard cold facts of this family long before the story begins You ll know their furthest ancestor and you ll know their ignominious end and you ll even get the major notable events in between You won t care about Benjy s plight or uentin s or Jason s or the whole family s this Southern strain of blood that ends in a lost oblivion of death bitterness and idiocy All you ll have is context that collection of straightforward no nonsense tidbits that make perfect sense and ultimately mean nothing You can t expect them to long before you have delved into the lives of these characters the agonizing push and pull each one of them suffers in their respective place You can t expect them to if you still wish to put this story in its place with each character neatly categorized and every loose end resolved in a satisfying conclusion This story is one concerned with the long slow death of lineage the inexorable tugging and tearing of ideologies and timelines on a collection of souls that have been slung together in a collusion of familial blood and social connections No one escapes the hell on earth that was apportioned to them embodied in poisonous words that are fueled by a poisonous life conditioned by a poisonous world Not even the idiot who does not know the context and yet feels the agony much as we the reader feel our way through the chaotic text of this story with an underlying sense of grief and despair one that cannot be contained in a single uote paragraph page or section Not until it s much too late and somewhere along the twisted path we lost our hearts to this tragic mess of a family that we knew was doomed from the start Somewhere amongst the sound and the fury that pain touched us and the most we can do is join Benjy in the bellowing in response to that fearful anger We know it signifies nothing We know it does much as anything with a beginning and an end will eventually be lost in the mists of time and the world will roll on in ignorant bliss of its history We know that But it sure as hell doesn t feel that way


About the Author: William Faulkner

William Cuthbert Faulkner was a Nobel Prize winning American novelist and short story writer One of the most influential writers of the twentieth century his reputation is based mostly on his novels novellas and short stories He was also a published poet and an occasional screenwriterThe majority of his works are set in his native state of Mississippi Though his work was published as early



10 thoughts on “The Sound and the Fury

  1. says:

    A review paying homage to BENJY COMPSON'S uniuely disorienting narration BENJYnarrator lacks sense of timemerger of past and present mergeall the samedisorientation1928Easter MississippiCompsonsaristocrat familyhard times Benjy mentally handicapped33rd birthdayLusterguardian uarter lost minstrel showgolf course golf balls

  2. says:

    Whew This is a devastating book Probably one of the most depressing stories I've read Incest castration suicide racism misogyny—this one has it all Even at the beginning when it is possible to make out only pieces of the events a n

  3. says:

    The first time I attempted this book I made my way through a mere three pages before deciding it would be a waste To date it is the only book that I had the good sense to leave until later as my usual response is to barrel through

  4. says:

    Reading some books is like clambering through a barbed wire fence at the bottom of a swamp with your oxygen tank about to run out and this is one of those When you’re done with it you look round expecting someone to notice and rush up with the medal and citation you completely deserve for services to literature You finished it Yeahhh But no one does and if you try to explain to your family “Hey wow I finished The Sound and

  5. says:

    671 The Sound And The Fury William FaulknerThe Sound and the Fury is a novel written by the American author William Faulkner It employs a number of narrative styles including stream of consciousness Published in 1929 The Sound and the Fury was Faulkner's fourth novel and was not immediately successful The first section of the novel

  6. says:

    William Faulkner's unforgettable 1929 novel of the rotting family in the rotting house It's a somber tale of the tragically dysfunctional Compson family told with insight and remarkable talent though it’s definitely not readily accessible Mostly set in the year 1928 and in the US south in the days of segregation and prejudice the N word makes a freuent appearance The Sound and the Fury has four sections plus an append

  7. says:

    This is one of those books that makes a gigantic claim As if it’s either genius or it’s Emperor’s New Clothes It won’t settle for anything in between On every page I felt Faulkner was straining at the bit to prove to me he’s a genius The title has always put me off reading this The Sound and the Fury It’s melodramatic humourless a bit pompous It sounds like one of those American war films of the fifties starring John Wayne But

  8. says:

    Schall und Wahnis not easy reading The plot is shattered by flashbacks cuts and inner monologues In each part the narrative perspective changes In spite of this experimental and innovative narrative the author succeeds again and again in capturing the reader with the tragic force of history and language and to keep the tension alive Faulkner portrays his protagonists realistically without spoiling their character weaknessesResume A dense

  9. says:

    A tale of two books At times a 1 star book Incoherent ramblings which I know are praised by some as the essence of stream of consciousness Random time jumps apparently they released a special edition with the dialogue from each timeframe color coded so it is easier for the reader to keep track Missing punctuation at tim

  10. says:

    I'm done My third and final attempt has failed miserablyNo not miserably Gladly actually So it's official I'm now as thick as two short planks an intellectual misfit I Wouldn't know literary greatness if it shot me in the buttocks from close range Well that's likely what Faulkner would be thinking anyway Fine But then I'd most cer

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